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The PET Radiopharmacy Oxford (known as PROx) is a state of the art, multi-million pound facility at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital for the research and production of radiopharmaceuticals to treat cancer patients.Designed on Passivhaus principles, the building also targeted a BREEAM Excellent rating.
PROx is a joint venture between the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with cancer. The radiopharmacy houses a cyclotron, a huge piece of equipment that is used to produce radioactive materials used in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
What we did
Performed phase 2 of the radiopharmacy project, the implementation of the cyclotron. This was a highly specialist scientific project at the epicentre of cancer research at Oxford University – itself a world leader in the subject.
The extremely technical nature of this project, and the necessary close involvement and compliance with health regulators, including the Health Research Authority, made this a first for our team. While we have performed a number of laboratory fit-outs, this took our expertise to a completely new level.
Acknowledging our limited knowledge of radiopharmaceuticals, we recruited and worked with radiochemists and biochemists to understand the demands of the project.
Worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders, from the client through to the health regulator and Cancer Research UK
The cyclotron is the size of two buses, taking up a third of the entire radiopharmacy. The size of the apparatus demanded that we approach the works from the outside in while, understanding its connections with the rest of the radiopharmacy equipment.
The client is delighted by the quality of the facility and by the way Bidwells adjudicated between the contract works and the equipment procured directly by the University.
Our success on what is a highly technical project cements Bidwells’ expertise as a building consultant on the most technical scientific projects in Oxford and beyond
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